Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday's Walk


My memory today is this song...

It talks about when everything falls apart, God is our only our hope, He is mighty and strong.  I find it so crucial to remember that on a daily basis, and especially this week leading up to Easter.

I pray you all are having a great week!  I can't wait to be off tomorrow to finish catching up on everyone's blogs!  I hope you are experiencing this beautiful weather like we are, I love Spring! 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Catchin' Up

I feel like the title of this post is my life story!  I hate feeling behind, you know when you look around and everything seems to be out of place, or missing, or you work all day and at the end you think "what did I do all day?!"  Yea, that's been me since about January.  Oh well...

Last Thursday we took the staff from The Ridge and some Team Leaders to Willow Creek to the Catalyst One Day conference.  It was amazing!!  We heard Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley live.  They were awesome!  It was a great momentum boost that we all needed.  The worship was fantastic and the messages they brought just touched you right where you needed it. 

After the conference our best friends from college, Eric, Kim, and their son, Beckham followed us back to spend the weekend in Milwaukee.  We have not seen them in a long time, so it was so nice to sit and talk, and just catch up.  I talk to Kim on the phone almost weekly, but to see her and talk to her in person was so nice.  I miss them so much already! 

Then Sunday was church...I hate to say that it's a working day, but honestly, it is.  Eric gave the message and did a wonderful job if I do say so myself.  We are all gearing up for Easter Sunday next week.  Our church has been challenged to pray for and invite 3 people with them next Sunday.  Wouldn't it be amazing if everyone invited really came.  Wow! 

Then last night we had a staff appreciation dinner at someone's house.  This one couple emailed us and said we want to have the staff over for dinner, just to say thanks for all you do.  I am not sure if anyone else knew about what was going to happen there, but I was clueless.  This couple's neighborhood group got all dressed up like waiters, seriously, fancy shoes, vests, the works, and they greeted us at the door, took our coats, and kids.  They had a babysitter for all of the kids and a huge menu planned for us!  It was awesome and I was so blown away!  I felt a little awkward having people that go to church with me "serving" me, but it was nice to not have to do the dishes last night!  We all felt appreciated by the time we left, that's for sure!  I took pictures of the menu and our dining area.  I just have to find my camera cord to upload them. 

Overall, that was my weekend in a nutshell.  This week shouldn't be too crazy busy, hopefully!  I have been trying to get ahead on work stuff, so I can have more time for blogstuff :)  Although I may not comment all the time, I am still keeping up with you all, be certain of that!

Anyone have any Easter plans?  We are laying low and just enjoying the day together.  I am excited for Molly's Easter basket, I am sure she will love it!  Have a fabulous Monday!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Walking Down Memory Lane



For today's walk I was looking through some older pictures and came across this file that was 2 years old.  Two years ago Easter fell on Eric's birthday and it was Molly's first Easter, too! 
Molly was 7 months old here!  Time sure flies by!  This year for Easter little miss got a new Easter basket, one with her name on it!  Can't wait to show you all!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

27 Reasons

Today is my wonderful husband's birthday!  He is turning the big 2-7!  Good thing guys don't really care about age or numbers!  I thought as a little tribute to him today, I would list in no particular order, 27 reasons why I love Eric so much, and why I am so thankful he was born!!

Eric...
1. I love that I can tell you anything, you are so easy to talk to, a good listener, and you don't judge.  I loved that about you from when we first started dating over 10 years ago, and I still love that about you today! 
2. I adore how much you love and respect your parents and family.
3. I love how you allow God to lead your life and our family.  It would be easy to follow your own ambitions, but you made the choice a long time ago to let God lead you.
4. I love how you look at Molly when she is reading to you, or just sitting next to you. 
5. I love how you take care of me and Molly.  We can always count on you and you have never let us down!
6. I love how you can give me that look and I know everything will be okay, or that I need to calm down :)
7. I love that you are pateint with me. 
8. Although you may not love this one sweet husband of mine, I love that you bought me a cat after we got married!
9. I love that you jump in to help out in any situation.  You have no hesitation, you just go for it.
10. I love how you and Molly go out on little dates.  I am so happy that you want to be the one to show her how she deserves to be treated by boys. 
11. I love that you are athletic.  I could watch you play sports all day long.
12. I love that you love to grill!  I don't even know how to light that thing!
13. I love that you are a Pastor.  A long time ago you would have laughed at the thought, but now you truly embrace it.
14. I love that you love to cook and bake! 
15. I love the constant support you always give me!  You are my number 1 fan :)
16. I love that you still hold my hand.
17. I love the way you make my coffee in the mornings.
18. I love that every time you leave to go somewhere you still kiss me good-bye.
19. I love that Molly got her beautiful curls from you.
20. I love looking into your eyes and being reminded of our wedding day.
21. I love that you are adventourous and challenge me to try new things.
22. I love that you are stinkin' hilarious!  You make me laugh every single day.
23. I love the fact that you are hard core to Molly's face, and then we laugh about it after she leaves the room!
24. I love that you make me eat a vegetable with lunch and dinner.  Although I may protest, deep down I know it's good for me!
25. I love that you are cheap, yes honey, you are!  But it's clearly worked for us, and we have never gone without!
26. I love that you are a good friend to those around you.  People know they can count on you and you will be there for them.
27. Last, but not least, I love that you decided to pick me.  You could have spent your life with anyone, but you picked me.  I love everything about you!  I love that you aren't afraid to be yourself around people, and you are always smiling!

Happy Birthday to the love of my life, the one God has blessed me with, 
the most wonderful father to our daughter, 
and my best friend, Eric.

Monday, March 22, 2010

What's Been Going On...

We have had a great last couple of days...the in-laws were in town!  Let me share with you all some of what we did...

On Thursday, the shirt Kristin made for Molly arrived, don't you love it?!
Also, on Thursday my friend Andrea came over and we used this fabric to make this...
With no pattern whatsoever, we created this shirt for Molly!

Now I need to do some thing with all of this...

On Friday my in-laws came in to town to visit for the weekend.  We always have a wonderful time with them!  Eric and my father-in-law were blessed by a generous friend with tickets to attend The Ohio State basketball game on Friday night.  They were playing in Milwaukee for the NCAA tournament.  They had a great time!

On Saturday we had free tickets to the Home and Garden Show, so we went to check it out.  It was really cool seeing all of the displays!
Molly's favorite part was throwing coins in the fountain.  All of the money collected from the bottom was being donated to a mission in downtown Milwaukee.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating, playing cards, watching basketball, eating some more, celebrating Eric's birthday, eating some more, going to church, and did I mention eating?!  But we were a happy family yesterday when OSU knocked off Georgia Tech to advance to the Sweet 16!  We were even happier when N. O. Iowa beat Kansas on Saturday night.  Now our Bucks have a good shot at the title!
Go Bucks!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Riding in a car with a boy


I was seriously struggling still with today's memory.  What do you all not know about me??  I guess it's hard when I am practically an open book.  But then Eric and I went and got lunch real quick this afternoon and it hit me.  I love riding in the car, windows down, sun shining with Eric.  Then I remembered this funny story that happened over 10 years ago. 

When Eric and I first started dating he drove this white Dodge Daytona, we called it "The White Stallion."  It was an older car, but Eric saved up all of his pennies and bought it.  We thought it was the greatest thing in the world.  We would drive around for hours, windows down, sun roof open, and just listen to music, or talk, and hold hands.  We were two young teenagers in love.  I look back now and think good grief, how could we afford the gas.  But let me date myself here...when I started driving 10 years ago, gas was literally 89 cents a gallon.  That makes me sick to think about it! 

Okay, so to the funny story...

Even though Eric's car was a little older it was still blessed enough to have power windows and locks.  Eric and I had not been dating too long (maybe 6-8 months) when one day we drove over a set of railroad tracks and the locks started going up and down and the windows at first locked up, then they went down, then back up, then down again, all while the door locks are still going up and down.  I seriously thought we were going to die, or this was a really bad scene from a Lifetime movie.  We both had no clue what was going.  Then we started laughing, because truly, what else are you going to do. 

After that day we drove my manuel windows and locks car around!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lately in pictures...

So it is beautiful, warm and sunny here today!  I love this weather...I actaully have flip-flops on!  The rest of the week has a gorgeous outlook forecast wise, however on Saturday they are predicting a rain/snow mix.  I am praying it misses us and we can keep the wonderful sunshine! 

I finally got around to uploading all of our pictures from the last week.  So without any further ado...


So I have zero energy to try and rearrange any of these!! Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Yada, yada

Nothing new or phenomenal going on here.  I just felt like checking in with you all!  These past couple of days have been busy and fun.  On Thursday, Molly and I went over to our friend's house so the girls could play and the moms could talk.  It was so nice to have a conversation that didn't involve church, children's ministry, scheduling, and curriculum.  Instead we talked about the terrible two's rearing its ugly head again in our children and we both made each other feel better by saying numerous times "me too" or "yep, she does that." 

Friday was Family Day!  We really just hung out together and enjoyed each others company.  On Friday night we went to a wedding rehearsal for our friends Nick and Katie.  Eric performed the wedding on Saturday.  It was so simple and pretty.  It totally suited both of their personalities, and it was fun to sit and talk with all of our friends, and share in Nick and Katie's special day!  Congrats Nick and Katie!

Late Friday night my Dad and his fiance drove in to visit us.  They didn't get here until 3:30am!  Then we went to the children's museum on Saturday morning around 10am.  So they didn't get a whole lot of sleep!  But we had fun and Molly loved playing with all of the exhibits.  Especially the new one that includes a contraption like the playland at McDonalds.  She would get all the way to the top, then get stuck, so Eric had to go up after her 3 times!  It was so funny watching him crawl through the tunnels.  He was like a human hamster! 

Then today was church...which was a little dead by the way.  The time change just killed us.  Anyone else suffer a chruch attenndance drop today?  The people that were there were great, but we were just missing a lot of adults and kids.  So hopefully everyone makes their way back next week! 

That's been our weekend in a nutshell.  I have pictures to go along with my stories and days.  But my camera is in the other room, and I am real comfy in bed.  So maybe later tonight I will upload them and then share them with you all!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and the time change didn't mess you up too bad!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday...

I feel like I have been out of the blogging loop for too long!  I hate that!  But I am back now, at least for a couple of days :)

I used to participate in a cute meme on Wednesday's known as "Wednesday's Walk."  It was all about memories, and fun themes.  I loved it, then life got busy and we all kinda drifted away.  Well it's back now, thanks to Jenilee!  I am very excited!  However, I not participating today because it hurts my brain to try and think of something!

But I want to encourage you all to go over to Jenilee's blog and link up.  I will next week now that I have it on the brain and can think of something.


However, I will share these with you...
My life never gets old!  Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Finding My Way Back

Today was my first day off in a long time, and let me tell you, it was so nice!  I only went to the office to see Eric, and I didn't even look at the work still left to do before Sunday.  I am doing that tomorrow while Molly naps.  I actually felt like a SAHM again today!  I relished the time I had today with Molly and doing what I what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. 

We went to the gym and to Wal-Mart...awww...and made an impromptu trip to the doctor for Molly.  I just told Eric on Monday that we had not been to the doctor since Molly's 2nd birthday, 6 months and no doctor's visit, that could be a record.  But we broke our record today.  Poor Molly caught a cold over a month ago and it has never gone away, and sometimes her cough gets awful, you know the one that sounds like you have smoked for 50 years, yea that one...so I decided to call and check it out.  When I did call I got the "worst Mom of the year on line one" speech from the nurse.  Thank you, thank you, I am here all week people.  I feel like with a toddler it's a crap shoot, you have a 50/50 shot if they are sick or not when you call.  Apparently the odds were not in my favor today, since she is sick.  She has a pretty bad sinus infection, and if she is not better in 3 days, we will again break our record and go back. 

Thankfully I love Molly's doctor and she reassured me that I am in fact a good Mom and I did do everything on my end to help her get better.  So I officially resign my title "Worst Mom of the Year" for now, well at least until something else happens. 

Okay, slight train derailment...back to being a SAHM...today was wonderful, and it felt really good to be back home again.  I for sure had times today that I thought Molly was literally trying to drive me insane and I even said to God, "I didn't pray for patience...why are you giving me situations where I need it?!"  But I would never trade anything to be back at home again with Molly.  I love my job/ministry, I love being able to introduce kids to Jesus, but I also love being home with my girl.  I guess I have the best of both worlds...working a couple days a week, staying home a couple days a week. 

On a totally different note, I am driving this train, so I will derail it when I want to...I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics tonight to get some fabric (clearly) to try and sew Molly some cute summer dresses.  Do I have a clue what I am doing?  No!  Have I ever done this before?  No!  But I am sure going to try!  In my head I think I can do it, but we will see when the needle meets the cute fabric I bought. 

Well, this train is pulling into the bed time station.  Eric's train already pulled in 2 hours ago, ha.  I think tomorrow we might go to the zoo.  It's supposed to be in the 40's.  I know, you may think we are nuts, but that's warm here!  Or we may just hang out and enjoy the day together doing nothing.  Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WW-My Little Housewife

She doesn't miss a spot...yes, she is wearing high heels 

Now she is ready for the market